Officials say unused prescription drugs often become part of the illegal substance abuse problem in a community.
Since most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, people are urged to dispose of their unwanted medications before they unwittingly become a drug provider.
Many people are concerned about the best way to dispose of unused and outdated prescription drugs, however, which prompted the “take back” initiative.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said residents are encouraged to drop off their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs in a collection box to be set up in the lobby of the police department, 700 East Pine, this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.
He said no questions would be asked and no identifying information requested.
Gigante added that medication must be in some type of container or baggie. The DEA does not accept any liquid medications, needles or syringes.